Monday, 2 May 2011
The exhibition, organized by The Costume Institute, will celebrate the late Alexander McQueen’s extraordinary contributions to fashion. From his Central Saint Martins postgraduate collection of 1992 to his final runway presentation, which took place after his death in February 2010.
His iconic designs constitute the work of an artist whose medium of expression was fashion. The exhibition will feature approximately one hundred ensembles and seventy accessories from Mr. McQueen’s prolific nineteen-year career. Drawn primarily from the Alexander McQueen Archive in London, with some pieces from the Givenchy Archive in Paris as well as private collections, signature designs including the “bumster” trouser, the kimono jacket, and the three-point “origami” frock coat will be on view.
The exhibition is organized by Andrew Bolton, curator, with the support of Harold Koda, curator in charge, both of The Costume Institute.
I remember the "razor dress" worn by Erin O'conner, cutting and ripping her skin as she walked, the red dress took us hours and hours to dye each slide to the prefect red. I never heard anybody complain, from the models, students, set builders, pattern cutters etc ... we all felt very privilleged to be part of such a creative team, and very aware we were making history and breaking boundries with regard to what was happening in the fashion world.
I was lucky enough to work with Lee Mcqueen and Katy England from 1999 - 2001, it will bring back very fond memories seeing some of the amazing show pieces in such a grand setting.
The exhibition will run from May 4th to July 31st.